The UAlbany men’s lacrosse team’s offense finally got off to the fast start they had been looking for.
When the Great Danes defense caught up on Saturday, the combination was way too much for Binghamton.
UAlbany scored nine straight goals during a stretch spanning early in the second quarter to midway through the third to blow out the Bearcats 19-7 at the Bearcats Sports Complex.
Senior Tehoka Nanticoke scored his 100th career goal, and 10 other Great Danes also found the back of the cage, as UAlbany improved to 3-1 while getting back on a winning track after a 14-12 loss to Vermont last weekend.
Nanticoke’s milestone came in the opening minutes of the game, gave UAlbany a 2-0 lead and was a surprise to his head coach, Scott Marr, who has seen all 100 of them, and more.
“Oh, nice,” Marr said by phone during the drive back from Binghamton, when informed of Nanticoke hitting the 100 mark.
“I’m hoping that he bookends his career. His freshman year, going to the Final Four; sophomore year, a tough one; last year, obviously, a tough one.
“This year, he’s playing well, being a leader. I thought he was real good today with what he was saying on the sideline to the boys and during the game and in the timeouts. He shot the ball really well today, compared to last week, when he didn’t.”
The Great Danes took 46 shots, put 38 of them on cage and found the back on 19.
Binghamton (1-1) got a few back early and hung around, pulling within 5-4 at 11:54 of the second quarter, but didn’t score again until there was 1:33 left in the third. By then, the Bearcats were down 14-4.
As of Saturday night, the official scoring had Nanticoke with six goals and three assists, but the summary sheet has him credited with the first goal of the game, at 14:47, when in fact teammate Kyle Casey opened the scoring at 12:25.
Nevertheless, the Great Danes’ offense rolled, and the defense got it in gear after the first quarter. Post-grad attack Jakob Patterson returned from having missed a game with physical issues to score three goals and assist on four.
“I think you play a little freer [with a lead] and a little less gripping our sticks,” Marr said. “We got comfortable and off to a decent start. Then we started playing better defense. I just thought we started to jell together and shared the ball a little bit.
“I thought he [Patterson] played well. He had a nice goal early, and the goalie had a couple saves on him, but it was good to have him in the lineup, and we’ve just got to continue to get these guys back at practice more and more of a flow to our offense. I think we have all of the pieces, but those sorts of things on offense don’t just happen overnight.”
During the big 9-0 run in the middle part of the game, seven different players scored, and Nanticoke and Alex Burgmaster had two each.
Goalie Liam Donnelly complemented the defense with 14 saves for the game.
“I thought Liam played outstanding,” Marr said. “He had some really nice saves in tight and really shut the door after that first quarter. They didn’t get to five goals until a couple minutes left in the game.”
UAlbany 4 5 7 3 — 19
Binghamton 3 1 1 2 — 7
Goalkeepers: UAlbany, Donnelly, 14 saves; Ramos, 2. Binghamton, Dolan, 11; Martin, 8.